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(1) As part of the nine regional water quality control boards’ basin planning efforts, up to 25 water-quality beneficial use categories for water have been identified for mostly human and instream uses. From Section 13050(f) of California’s Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act: “‘Beneficial uses’ of the waters of the state that may be protected against water quality degradation include, but are not necessarily limited to, domestic, municipal, agricultural, and industrial supply; power generation; recreation; aesthetic enjoyment; navigation; and preservation and enhancement of fish, wildlife, and other aquatic resources or preserves.”
(2) As part of the State Water Resources Control Board’s water rights program, the California Water Code Section 1240 states, “The appropriation must be for some useful or beneficial purpose, and when the appropriator or his successor in interest ceases to use it for such a purpose [typically five years or greater] the right ceases.” In the water rights process, beneficial uses are defined in the California Code of Regulations. Categories of beneficial uses recognized in California include aquaculture, domestic, fire protection, fish and wildlife, frost protection, heat control, industrial use, mining, municipal, power, recreation, stockwatering, and water quality control.
(California Water Plan glossary)
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  1. jjjjshawcom

    To Whoever it may concern: To the responsibility in Reclamation Bureau: It is disgusting to not mention that 50% of FRESH FOOD CROPS come from NorCal. Please clarify that 2/3 of Delta is San Joaquin County, not SoCal semi-arid desert (USGS soil maps). There has been rape creep over 100 years from Pardee Reservoir for Port of Oakland area. The Five Delta Counties Coalition is outspoken against the unending California Fix proposal. That is counting only initial costs not major losses in agri-tourism, health, etc. Drought doubles drought cycles, to dusty Delta breezes for the region and towards the Capitol in due time for wake up calls. Now a stealth mini-tunnel is approved by urban supervisors with Mokelumne River Aqueduct. That is usurping underground tributary waters, with dirty recharging. Transports are from unincorporated areas ( 100 year generation small agri-tourism families paying taxes, with national and international awards in heart healthy wine and olive oil). That non-represented sell-out of growers is to trickle yearly to East Bay MUD and to Tracy, with urban increase of 9,000 to 90,000 within past few decades. Tracy is near the Delta River and Salt energy in Desalination costs less than concrete tunnels. The Governor Abbott of Texas immediately commented on increased flooding from too much concrete (jungle) from housing developments. That did not allow percolating rain to groundwater, aquifers, tributaries in the Natural GROUND WATER Cycle (USDA/NRSC poster). With a foot subsidence in San Joaquin County (northernmost of 28 counties in Central Valley), who has his or name on the next California earthquake? With 90% of Californians living on the coast, please promote more cost effective Salt-energy in Desalination process. Who wants to control USA fresh food crops? Stop the destructive grab of Groundwater, and concrete jungles. Sincerely, Jjjjshaw@verizon.net Prof-author & Grower, Lodi, CA 95242 (part of Delta Loop and Sierras)